Sexting reform has been a hot topic for years, but Ohio legislators are finally moving to take felony charges and mandatory sex offender registration off the table for teens.
Ohio House Bill 355, which was unanimously approved by the full state house will give prosecutors the option for less severe penalties for teens who consensually exchange explicit photos, according to the Sandusky Register.
According to the details of the bill, anyone under 19 when caught sending or receiving nude photos, or of someone less than 4 years younger than the offender would have other, lesser possible criminal penalties. The new offense of “possession of sexually explicit digital material” would only be a first-degree misdemeanor, with a penalty of 8 hours or community service. A judge would have the option for a greater punishment if she deems it necessary. [Read more…]